During the canonical and working visit to the Diocese of Middle Europe, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch visited the Serbian Orthodox monastery in Eiterfeld, on Saturday, June 21st.
The monastery is dedicated to the feast of Annunciation and Venerable Justin of Celije. The Serbian Patriarch was welcomed by the head of the monastery hiero-schi monk Justin (Raurer) with the faithful. A three-day convention of the Orthodox philosophers on bioethics from America and Europe was being held.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served yesterday the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the monastery of the Most Holy Mother of God in Himmelstür.
His Holiness was concelebrated by local priests. The Patriarch awarded two protopresbyters with the right of bearing the pectoral cross: protopresbyter Nedja Janjic from Cologne and diocesan dean for North Rhine-Westphalia and protopresbyter Dragan Sekulic from Berlin.
On Saturday, June 14th 2014, the relics of Venerable Abba Justin the New of Celije were transferred to the church of the Celije Monastery. His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy with the concelebration of twenty bishops from all Local Orthodox Churches, a great number of priests and deacons.Venerable Abba Justin the New of Celije is truly respected by the Serbian people and by the whole Orthodoxy, which is proved by the event of the transfer of his honorable relics into the new church of the Monastery of Celije.
About ten thousand believers arrived to this shrine from all parts of the country, but also from Mount Athos, Greece, Russia, Georgia, Romania, Cyprus, Switzerland, Germany, Montenegro, Republic of Srpska and the United States.
The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church awarded His Excellency Mr. Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus, with the highest medal of the Serbian Orthodox Church – the Order of Saint Sava of the First Degree.
President Lukashenko received the Order during his visit to the Republic of Serbia, at the solemn Patriarchal Hall in Belgrade, on 12 June 2014.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the sidechapel of Saint Luke of Simferopol at the Military Medical Academy in Belgrade. The clergy of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac concelebrated to the Patriarch.
The director of the Military Medical Academy (MMA) along with doctors, the staff and the faithful people from different parts of Serbia and Belgrade, as well as patients of this hospital, attended the Holy Liturgy.
On Whit Monday, 9 June 2014, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Russian Orthodox church of Holy Trinity in Belgrade. He was concelebrated by clergy of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac and priests of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Belgrade H.E. Aleksander Chepurin attended the service. On behalf of this church, and as a token of prayerful thanksgiving and for prayerful remembrance on this day's great feast, Whit Monday, Serbian Patriarch Irinej received engolpion as a gift from head of this church father Vitaly Tarasyev.